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'Maximising Value: Learning Resources and Library Services in Further Education' - programme and booking details are below.


November 21 2018 - 10:00
November 21 2018 - 16:00


Mary Ward House
5-7 Tavistock Place
London, WC1H 9SN
United Kingdom

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About the Event

Each year this popular event, free of charge to FE staff, aims to bring together learning resources and library managers to share best practice and innovation in the management, delivery and support e-resources in further education. 

In addition, you will be able to meet a range of suppliers thanks to the participation of our sponsors.


Chest logo - a blue triangle and the word Chest
White Content Online on a light blue background
EBSCO OpenAthens Eduserv KeyLinks Content Online


Course summary

Each year this popular event aims to bring together learning resources and library managers to share best practice and innovation in the management, delivery and support e-resources in further education. This year the theme is ‘maximising value’. Further education learning resources and library services continue to reinvent themselves and e-resources and technology provide new ways to demonstrate value. Our presenters will give examples of how they have done this, with plenty of opportunity for interactions and questions. As in previous years, this event aims to attract enthusiastic participants ready to join in the discussions, share ideas, develop learning opportunities and leave inspired with practical ideas to improve their service. 

Who should attend?

Learning resources/library staff in further education and sixth form colleges.

Learning objectives

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Develop understanding of the role of e-resources in maximising the value of services
  • Learn how other learning resources managers and librarians in colleges have tackled the challenge of demonstrating value to their college communities
  • Hear how usage data can help to demonstrate value
  • Network with others in a similar role to strengthen professional relationships
  • Take away tips, techniques and strategies which you can integrate into your own service.


Programme and Speakers


Registration & Refreshments


Welcome & Housekeeping from the Chair

Vicki McGarvey
Resources & Library Systems Manager RESIGNATIONS, RETIREMENTS and REDUNDANCIES

Vick McGarvey is one of two Learning and Information Services Managers in Staffordshire University’s Library. She has strategic responsibility for collection management, support for research publishing and digital resources discovery and access. She has been a librarian for over 20 years and a manager within Higher Education for 15 years, she chartered in 1999. Vicki began her career as a subject librarian for applied design courses and then took a side step into eLearning Management, first at Staffordshire and then for 7 years at Nottingham Trent, before moving back into library management.  She is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, and a Staffordshire University Teaching Excellence Fellow, and is a member of the UKSG Education and Events Sub-Committee.


Opening Speaker

Andrew Barker
UKSG Chair

Andrew Barker has been Director of Library Services & Learning Development at Lancaster University since September 2019. Prior to that he held a number of senior roles within diverse university libraries, including the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. Andrew was Chair of UKSG between 2018 and 2022, and has been Vice-Chair of SCONUL since December 2021.


Sponsor Sessions

  • Ebsco
  • Open Athens


Break and Exhibition Viewing


The Role of usage data in informing decision making processes, engaging stakeholders and assessing value

Laura Wong
Library analytics services analyst, Jisc

Laura Wong is product manager for two COUNTER-based usage statistics services (JUSP and IRUS) and works within the Jisc licensing intelligence and analytics team. Laura has worked at Jisc for 8 years and previously worked in academic libraries in e-resource roles.



Informed choices for managing e-resources

Karen Foster
Head of Learning Centres, Yeovil College


Lunch and exhibition viewing


Sponsor Session

  • Eduserv
  • KeyLinks (CLA/Kortext)
  • Content Online


Tough data driven decisions and radical thinking

Tracey Totty
Library Services Manager, Middlesbrough College

Tracey Totty graduated with an MA Information and Library Management in 1999 from University of Northumbria. She became a Chartered Librarian in 2013 and has worked in academic libraries for over 15 years. Tracey is the Library Services Manager at Middlesbrough College responsible for the running and development of the Learning Resources Centre, which is increasingly moving to digital, social and cloud-based media.

oct 18


Ready......Steady.......GOOGLE! Managing the transition from static PDF helpsheets to a dynamic model

Adam Say
Library Manager, Barton Peveril Sixth Form College

A librarian with a range of experience working in libraries from the small to the large across a variety of library sectors including Higher Education, the public sector and Further Education. Adam has worked extensively across libraries in Hampshire where he completed an MA in Information Studies with the support of Hampshire Libraries. After 13 years working in public libraries at the start of his career, concluding at Fareham Library, Adam has since worked at the University of Surrey Library and Highbury College, Portsmouth, before moving to his present role as Library Manager at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in Eastleigh, Hampshire.


Break and exhibition viewing


Learning from each other - Interactive session

Chris Balmforth
Wakefield College

Returned to education having worked in the mining industry for twenty years.  Following redundancy in 1993 enrolled on an extended University of Sheffield BA Hons Degree (History & Politics) at Barnsley College.  Whilst studying worked part time in the College Libraries culminating, on graduation, in a full time Library Assistant position.  Gained an MSc in Information Studies at Leeds Metropolitan (now Leeds Beckett) University shortly after becoming the Librarian at Dearne Valley College (South Yorkshire).  Moved to Wakefield College in the summer of 2007.  Current role includes acquisitions, cataloguing, VLE management and information skills instruction. Currently sit on the UKSG Outreach & Engagement Committee as FE representative.  Have also sat on the JISC Ebooks in FE procurement advisory panel and am a founding member of the Northern Digital Resources Group.

oct 18


Summing up from the Chair


Feedback from last year's UKSG E-Resources for Further Education event.


£ 0.00 + £ 0.00 VAT


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Registrations have now closed for our annual seminar UKSG E-Resources for Further Education.  For further queries please contact


There are a limited number of places so if for any reason you have booked but find you cannot attend, please do let us know so that we can work down the waiting list and enable someone else to make the most of the day. 

NB: UKSG reserves the right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control without being obliged to refund monies.

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